The world football governing body, FIFA, has released the first ranking for 2018.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria appeared on the 51st position in the world and the 9th spot in Africa on the ranking.
The national team’s ranking released on Thursday revealed that Tunisia moved up four places and are now Africa’s highest ranked team and 23rd in the world.
Senegal, Egypt Morocco, Congo, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Algeria complete the list of Africa’s best 10 teams.
With just 22 matches played (none by Nigeria), all friendlies, since the December edition, FIFA said it is no surprise to see few significant changes in the first ranking of 2018.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D foes, Argentina were also non-movers as they remain fourth in the world.
But the Super Eagles’ two other World Cup group opponents, Croatia and Iceland, moved up two places. Croatia stepped up to 15th, while Iceland moved two places to 20th.
Germany are still the number one team in the world while the top ten teams in the world are unchanged.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on February 15, 2018.
Top Ten African Teams
5) Congo DR
6) Burkina Faso
Meanwhile, Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has read a riot act to players hoping to make the world cup squad.
The German Coach said he will be transparent in the final squad selection for the World Cup stating that there won’t be any anointed player in his squad.
He however urged super Eagles players to get game time or forget about the Russia tournament.
Rohr who spoke after the formalities his contract extension with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in Lagos on Wednesday, reiterated that the players needed to get “regular game time” at their clubs or “forget about the world cup.”
You would recall that while 52 players were invited by Sunday Oliseh, the 64-year old throughout Nigeria’s qualifying campaign, albeit, only 34 got game time.
Rohr will lead Nigeria to a sixth appearance at the tournament with 23 players.